LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – It is officially the first day of summer, with many parents already wondering how they are going to keep their children entertained for the next two months.
WisCorps, or Wisconsin Conservation Corps, works to engage young people with the outdoors. On Friday, the group took some students along a nature walk at Myrick Park.
Stephanie Hanna, WisCorps Education Manager, said “Coming outside is something that kids need to do more because there are studies that prove that, that say being outside is great instead of being on the screen all the time.”
Stepping outside and enjoying the great outdoors is what the WisCorps walk is all about, stopping along the way to talk about their surroundings.
They are also learning about the animals that inhabit the space in the marsh next to the park.
The 20 acres of Myrick Park was purchased back in 1837. The land is known for its “Turtle Mounds.” 10-year-old Kaili learned where the turtles live and the turtles hatch.
It’s an out of school adventure that is also educational. “I had one child tell me he’s learned more in this amount of time then in a long time so I was quite impressed,” added Hanna.
The nature walk by the marsh was in partnership with the La Crosse libraries, they read a story beforehand.
WisCorps also holds Nature Saturdays on the first Saturday of the month where they have guided outdoor hikes and activities. They also have summer day camps for kids ages 3 to 8. For other programs they hold, visit their website wiscorps.org.